#BringBackOurGirls — now?

Today’s news reports claim the Nigerian government and Boko Haram have reached a truce, and that the girls kidnapped six months ago will be returned. I want to believe. I want this to be true. And as much as I want to believe, I know that parents and families of 200+ girls want so immeasurably more for this to be true, for their girls to return.

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National religious right legal firm gets involved in MSHSL's trans-inclusive proposal

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a well-funded religious right legal outfit, has inserted itself into the debate over a transgender-inclusive athletics policy being considered by the Minnesota State High School League.

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Performance artist Peterson Toscano on LGBTQ and climate justice intersectionality October 29th

While at the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21st I had the pleasure of personally meeting performance artist Peterson Toscano, and hearing about his “The Queer Resp

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OPINION | Getting older means making religious choices for yourself

Saynab Gelle

It’s Thursday morning and I wake up with the realization that I will be going to masjid later in the afternoon for dugsi.

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OPINION | Being Muslim does not mean less authenticity as an American teen

Lujain Al-Khawi

You probably think that I am going to write about my hijab, the difficulties I have faced in a predominantly Christian country, or some other predictable topic that Muslims write about.

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Mental health and music focus of Twin Cities Jewish community conference Oct. 19

(Photo: John Siddle) Maestro Ronald Braunstein (far right) conducts members of the Me2/Orchestra in Burlington, Vt.

The theme of the 14th annual Twin Cities Jewish Community Conference on Mental Health is “Creating Harmony in Our Lives,” and it will feature music from Shir Harmony, a local Jewish women’s a capella group, as well as a unique performance by an orchestra comprised of local musicians affected by mental illness.

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Court dismisses Hebrew National lawsuit

Hebrew National hot dogs devised a popular slogan, in 1965: “We answer to a higher authority.”

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New sanctuary movement challenges consciences

Beatriz Ramirez and her two young children moved into Chicago’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in September. Rosa Robles Loreto has lived in Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church since August. In Philadelphia, the Indonesian Mennonite Philadelphia Praise Center and the Jewish Tikkun Olam Havurah stand ready to welcome immigrants seeking sanctuary. They are part of a new sanctuary movement, with religious groups from Maine to California committing to shelter immigrants in danger of deportation. Besides offering sanctuary to immigrants, they challenge the country’s leaders to change harsh and punitive immigration laws.

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LGBT Catholics plan vigil targeting Nienstedt for 'homophobia, transphobia'

The Human Rights Campaign is organizing a series of vigils called Pray, Listen, Discern — Raising the Voices of LGBT Catholics including one in St. Paul on Thursday.

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Sukkot: The real Jewish Christmas?

If you have ever uttered the words “Christmas envy” or feared that your kids would suffer from that condition, then I have the holiday for you. Forget about Hanukkah! Well, don’t forget it. You should keep enjoying Hanukkah. But don’t bother comparing it to Christmas since our holiday has never come out on top and never will. The good news? The real action happens at Sukkot.

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